Bruce Springsteen’s “Chasin’ Wild Horses” was released on his 2019 album “Western Stars,” a set of songs told from the viewpoint of an older man, about remembrance, regret, and the search for redemption in the American West. The album marks a musical departure for Mr. Springsteen, as it features a classical chamber orchestral and a wide-open, Copland-esque sound, reminiscent of the scores of old Western movies. For a review of the full album, click here.

Guess it was somethin’ I shouldn’t have done
Guess I regret it now
Ever since I was a kid
Tryin’ to keep my temper down is like
Chasin’ wild horses…

Left my home, left my friends
I didn’t say goodbye
I contract out to the BLM
Up on the Montana line
Chasin’ wild horses…

We’re out before sunup
In after sundown
There’s two men in the chopper
Two under saddle on the ground
In the evenings we’d hop in the pickup
Head into town for a drink
Make sure I work ’til I’m so damn tired
Way too tired to think

You lose track of time
It’s all just storms blowin’ through
You come rollin’ ‘cross my mind
Your hair flashin’ in the blue
Like wild horses, just like wild horses
Just like wild horses

Fingernail moon in a twilight sky
Ridin’ high grass of the switchback
I shout your name into the canyon
The echo throws it back

The winter snow whites out the plains
‘Til it can turn me blind
The only thing up here I’ve found
Is tryin’ to get you off my mind
Chasin’ wild horses, chasin’ wild horses

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